Faculties (5)

Faculty of Armenian Philology

This was one of the first faculties at the University. It has two divisions: Armenian language and literature and journalism. Students are trained in Armenian language, Armenian literature, literary criticism, translation, print journalism, and radio and television journalism.

The departments of Armenian literature and Armenian language have been and are important centers for Armenology. They have continued to play that role even after the creation of the National Academy's Institute of Literature and Language.

The generation of Manuk Abeghian, Hrachya Acharian, Grigor Ghaptsian, and Arsen Terterian, who in the Twenties assumed the difficult task of teaching Armenian literature and language and creating instruction materials, has its worthy successors today. Academicians, well-known professors, and a large group of associate lecturers, all graduates of the University, successfully couple pedagogical and scholarly work at the Faculty.

The Departments of Literary Theory and Foreign Literature, General Linguistics, Pedagogy and Journalism have all enjoyed notable academic success.

The Armenian school of general linguistics has contributed to world linguistic thought. One area of study developed at the Faculty is the history of Armenian critical thought. Other important areas are lexicography, which has given rise to a distinguished library. Within the Journalism Department there is a course on the history of ancient and medieval Armenian journalism.

The Faculty has strong ties with centers of Armenian studies in various countries.


Faculty of Russian Philology

In the Thirties, a Department of Russian Language and Literature was established in the Philology of Yerevan State University. In 1976 it became a separate faculty and one of the most prolific centers of Russian studies in Armenia. There are five departments: the history of Russian literature; theory and methodology of Russian language; Russian language for the humanities faculties; Russian language for the natural sciences faculties; and Russian language for foreign students and post-graduates.

The Faculty trains specialists to be teachers of Russian language and literature, researchers, journalists and translators. The history of the Russian language, Slavic philology and languages, the theory and practice of translation, and journalism are taught. In addition, the Faculty also includes advanced training in Romance and Germanic languages and foreign literature.

Scholarly research comprises such studies as methodology and language of Russian, comparative grammar, history of Russian literature, Armenian-Russian literary ties, and the theory and practice of translation. Lecturers, taking into account the specific requirements of teaching Russian in a non-Russian environment, have published a number of monographs, textbooks and handbooks.

Lecturers at the Faculty actively participate in international academic conferences and in annual conferences in the Republic and at the University which results in the publication of a number of scholarly monographs and collections.

The Faculty has established strong ties with academic institutions and centers of Russian Studies in the Russian Federation and in a number of other countries.

One of the major accomplishments of the Faculty has been to present medieval and modern Armenian literature in translation to speakers of Russian and of a number of European languages.


Faculty of Oriental Studies

In 1986 the Faculty of Oriental Studies, with departments in Eastern Philology and the History of Eastern Countries, was founded. it replaced the Philology Faculty's division of Oriental languages and literature.

Currently the Faculty has three divisions, each a department: Iranian Studies, Arabic Studies and Turkish Studies with corresponding specializations in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish languages and literature.

In the Iranian Studies Department, the old and middle Iranian languages are studied and the works of Armenian historians translated. The Department has ties with a number of centers of Iranian Studies.

In the Arabic Studies Department, academic activity includes varied issues in Arabic language and literature, Arabic linguistics, and the areas of cultural history and political science.

Academic interests of lectures in the Turkish Studies Department include the history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey and issues with respect to Armenian-Turkish linguistic, cultural and political relations. Through translations done by Faculty staff, for the first time Armenian readers have had access to the works of medieval ,modern and contemporary Turkish authors and to academic works in Turkish Studies authored by Russian and European scholars.

Graduates principally receive employment as teachers, translators and diplomats. The Faculty has strong ties with centers of Oriental Studies in the Arab World, Iran, Turkey and other countries.


Faculty of Romance and Germanic Languages

In this new Faculty, there are divisions in English, German, French and Spanish which also include the study of a second foreign language (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese).

Apart from the languages themselves, students study the methodology of teaching foreign languages, philology, language history, grammar, phonetics, lexicography, theory of translation and stylistics.

Lecturers at the Faculty do work on issues of historical, comparative and descriptive linguistics, the methodology and psychology of teaching foreign languages, stylistics and phonetics. They author textbooks and teaching aids for students of higher education as well as for school pupils.

The Faculty has academic ties to other centers, especially at German, French, American and English universities and participates in the implementation of international programs for the teaching of foreign languages. Academic exchanges of teaching staff and graduate students are a tradition with the Faculty.

One of the Faculty's achievements has been to create literary, simultaneous, and technical translation groups. This has permitted our graduates to receive employment not only in schools, universities and academic institutions, but also in various sectors of the economy.

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